Monday, June 20, 2016

June Orchids

On this first day of summer, when we begin the long, slow trek to winter, I am showing some old orchid friends that I visited in June.

I visited a population of Showy Lady Slippers during the first week of June. I hiked up in a thunderstorm but it was well worth it.

Then in mid June, I visited the population of Appalachian Twayblades near my home. I thought I would be able to find some not quite as deep in the Rhododendron Hell that I struggled through the last time. (See this Link)

This one had a pollinia attached to its petal that was dropped by a potential pollinator

Loesel's Twayblade 
I was also watching a  Loesel's Twayblade, but it was cut by an unknow insect just as it was in full bloom. I did get a decent picture.

This happened also to another orchid that I have not positively identified. It looks like the large pad leaf orchid in my area but with more oval leaves and waxy, heavy looking flowers. I saw it several years ago and did not get a picture and it had a nice spike this year but was cut off clean..

 Part of a huge patch of Blue Eyed Grass that I can see the blue color of from
a couple hundred yards 

Beautiful Florida Flower

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 2016 Last of the Ephemerals

#344 - Pawpaw
Various wanderings around Raleigh County WV in late spring has reveled a new wildflower for this blog and some old friends.
Yellow Lady Slipper with two blooms

Pink Lady Slipper

Painted Trillium

Painted Trillium

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Dimorphocarpa wislizeni  Spectacle pod

I was privileged to spend a few days in Albuquerque, NM during early April. It was amazing and I would love to go back some time. I also got to drive up to Santa Fe and Los Alamo's. Every spare moment I had was spent outdoors looking at Wildflowers, Petroglyphs, Mesa's and Mountains. I even spent a couple hours hiking through snow at an altitude of 10,000 plus feet on Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest.Below are many pictures, most unlabeled. I will label as I get the opportunity 
Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa)


Stemless Townsend Daisy



Fringed Puccoon

Petroglyphs in Petroglyph National Monument
Petroglyphs in Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyphs in Petroglyph National Monument

Thick-sepal Cat's Eye

Sandia Peak trail

Sandia Peak trail with knee deep soft snow

Sandia Peak 

Sandia Peak

Sandia Peak CCC Rock House

Mesa near Santa Fe

Mesa near Santa Fe

Miraculous Staircase in Santa Fe

Thursday, April 28, 2016

West Virginia Spring Woods Have Many Attractions

Fringed polygala (Gaywings)
 Turkey Season is just another excuse to get into the West Virginia Spring woods. This could be why I don't get many turkeys. (or trout, deer, fish and etc)
I'm just enjoying being out. This was the first time in these woods in the spring and they help many spring ephemerals. The first was Gaywings a plant with unique fringed parts which are the key to opening the flower for pollinators. 

Fringed polygala (Gaywings)


Purple Trillium

Purple Trillium



Rue Anemone 

Showy Orchis. This is a new site for this Orchid

New Wildflower for this blog  Pennsylvania Sedge

A Moss in Flower (or whatever moss does)
#343- Pennsylvania Sedge

 Pennsylvania Sedge

Later in the week I stopped by Camp Creek State Park and saw Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine